APFF Quetta Edition
Quetta is the vibrant capital of Pakistan’s largest province – Balochistan, with 44% of Pakistan’s landmass and 770-km long coast line.
Being a proud custodian of 9000-years old Neolithic Mehragarh civilization, Balochistan’s premier art of story-telling remains one of the highly acclaimed modes of creative expressions which make story telling a literary and musical genre as well as a cultural and entertainment event for the people at large. Nar Sur (flute and tune) has been recognized as a unique musical genre embedded in Baluchistan’s tradition of oral transmission of history. Balochistan is also famous for handicrafts skills where a variety of colourful handicrafts in embroidery and needlework are designed in different areas with elaborate geometric and intricate designs.
Known as the only high-altitude major city of Pakistan, Quetta is not only the socio-political hub of the province; it also is the creative and artistic capital of Balochistan. Quetta city is traditionally known as the “Fruit Garden of Pakistan” due to numerous fruit orchards in and around it, and the large variety of fruits and dried fruit products produced there.The city is near the Bolan Pass route which was once one of the major gateways from Central Asia to South Asia.
Quetta is also an inimitable point of creative convergence and a true melting-pot of diverse cultures of the province and country.
To strength the plural, diverse and inclusive identity of Quetta, the APFF would be bringing together a large number of filmmakers, artists, animators, performers, media wizards, parliamentarians, academics, peace activists and dynamic students of cinematography from all over the country and across Asia.
Peace / Culture / Heritage / Diversity/ Inclusiveness (women, refugees, minorities) / Co-existence / Peace Building with special focus on Balochistan‘s people, culture, arts, music, history and heritage.
- Content produced can be in any local/regional languages with English subtitles as a MUST.
- Media production houses and TV channels can also send their entries.
- Content produced on low-end technology would be subjected to the Jury approval for screening.
- Content produced before January 2018 would not qualify for screening.
- Complete professional profile of the Director, Writer, Producer and production team, story synopsis, production duration and purpose of production must be submitted along with each entry.
For film and media student and Independent Film and Documentary Makers
Only films and documentaries produced on above themes would qualify for screening.
One entry per Director / production Company only.
Content produced can be in any local/regional languages with English sub-titles.
Media Production Houses can also send their entries.
Content produced more than 2 years ago would not qualify for screening.
Complete professional profile of the Director, Writer, Producer and production team, Story synopsis, production duration and purpose of production must be submitted along with the each entry.
For University Students
Students from universities and media schools are encouraged to submit their thesis films/documentaries/interviews/reports/music videos/animations.
Students who have completed their degree’s programs can send-in their final thesis.
Content Produced on low-end equipment is subject to jury’s approval prior to screening.
Awards & Prizes
- Every entry will be evaluated on basis of relevance of the subject with the festival theme, production standard, production style, sound and visual treatment, production quality, innovation, brevity and type of equipment used.
- All finalists in different categories will be nominated as per the jury’s decision.
- Certificate of acknowledgement of participation would be awarded to all participating teams.
- Decision of the Jury would be the final word for selection of all finalists for all categories including selection for screening.
- Work in progress can be considered as long as it meets the deadline of the festival.
- Once filmmakers submit their film, it means that they accept all rules and terms enlisted in the APFF memo/website and agree that APFF can use their film data in order to develop its services, media products, promotional material, information kits etc.
- By submitting your film through the laid down process you are agreeing to share the multiple screening rights with APFF.
- All entries must follow appropriate copyright clearances and credit protocols (i.e. music, images, scripts, screenplays, sources, references etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.
- The shortlisted films would be announced through APFF website and Facebook but finalists would be announced on the last day of the Festival. Any change in this sequence would be notified through APFF website and Facebook.